Draft talk is all the rage these days.  Keep the picks, trade the picks, Kevin Love, power forward, guards despite the the apparent interest in keeping both Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic long term.  Suns fans are officially basketball atheists.  The only thing we know, is that we don't know.

Or as Ryan McDonough put it, "It's an inexact science." Perhaps that's something to remember the next time you're tempted to pat yourself on the back for being a wizard at the NBA trade machine.

But as long as none of us can agree, and the mock draft is the offseason addiction no hoops fan can resist, enjoy binge mock drafting.

In any event, within many circles, the Love to Phoenix train seems to be losing steam everyday.

Even if ESPN analyst Chris Broussard disagrees.

Now that you've absorbed all that, here's a reason to completely rethink your strategy.

When you do sit down on Thursday for the NBA Draft, here's a new way to watch.

Lastly, do your homework, and submit your very best guess to win Suns prizes, and attend a draft party in downtown Phoenix.

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14, 18 and 27 (and 50) are the Phoenix Suns' magic numbers on draft night. Whose names do the experts think will be emblazoned in purple and orange on Thursday night? On the eve of the 2014 NBA Draft, we've collected the experts picks for the Phoenix Suns in one handy place so you can keep score Thursday night.

Nobody knows anything.

- William Goldman, Adventures in the Screen Trade

Mr. Goldman's bold proclamation about the film industry is just as true for the NBA draft industry.  Andrew Wiggins was a surefire number one pick until he wasn't.  Then Joel Embiid was a stone cold lead pipe lock at number one... until he wasn't.  Now it's Wiggins again.  Except the Cleveland Cavaliers have that pick and as they proved last year with Anthony Bennett... nobody knows anything.

What I do know is that in almost all the mock drafts, the top 8 prospects are still the top 8 prospects, but in slightly different orders.  That said, there have been a few shake-ups as far as mid-first round projections go since the last time we checked in with the experts.  Sprinkled in with the usual suspects for the Phoenix Suns are such exotic names as Doug McDermott (some one get Jacob some smelling salts!), Dario Saric, Jusuf Nurkic, and Elfrid Payton!

14 different players are wildly speculated judiciously considered for the Suns' 3 first round picks.  I give my baseless opinion thoroughly researched notes underneath the round-up.

Chad Ford - ESPN.com

14th pick: James Young - G/F, 6-7, 213lbs, Kentucky, Freshman, 18 years old

2013-14 stats: 14.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 40.7 3FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 7'0" wingspan, 5.1% body fat, 35.5-inch max vertical

18th pick: Zach LaVine - PG, 6-6, 181lbs, UCLA, Freshman, 19 years old

2013-14 stats: 9.4ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.8 apg, 44.1 FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 6'8.25" wingspan, 4.7% body fat, 41.5-inch max vertical

27th pick: Clint Capela - PF, 6-11, 222lbs, Switzerland, 20 years old

2013-14 stats: 9.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.5 bpg, 63.2 FG%

50th pick: James McAdoo - PF, 6-9, 228lbs, North Carolina, Junior, 21 years old

2013-14 stats: 14.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 45.8 FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 7'2.25" wingspan, 6.2% body fat, 34-inch max vertical

Marc J. Spears - Yahoo.com

14th pick: Doug McDermott - SF, 6-8, 218, Creighton, Senior, 22 years old

2013-14 stats: 26.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 52.6 FG%, 44.9 3PT%

Draft Combine Measurements: 6'9.25" wingspan, 7.1% body fat, 36.5-inch max vertical

18th pick: Rodney Hood - G, 6-8, 208lbs, Duke, Sophomore, 21 years old

2013-14 stats: 16.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 42.0 3FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 6'8.5" wingspan, 7.5% body fat, 36.0-inch max vertical

27th pick: Clint Capela - PF, 6-11, 222lbs, Switzerland, 20 years old

2013-14 stats: 9.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.5 bpg, 63.2 FG%


Chris Mannix - SI.com

14th pick: Dario Saric - PF, 6'10", 223lbs, Croatia, 20 years old

2013-14 stats: 16.7 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 49.7 FG%

18th pick: Zach LaVine - PG, 6-6, 181lbs, UCLA, Freshman, 19 years old

2013-14 stats: 9.4ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.8 apg, 44.1 FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 6'8.25" wingspan, 4.7% body fat, 41.5-inch max vertical

27th pick: Kyle Anderson - G, 6-9, 230lbs, UCLA, , Sophomore, 20 years old

2013-14 stats: 14.6 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 6.5 apg, 1.8 spg, 48.3 FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 7'2.75" wingspan, 13.4% body fat

Sam Amico - FoxSports.com

14th pick: Adreian Payne - F, 6-9, 239lbs, Michigan State, Senior, 23 years old

2013-14 stats: 16.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 42.3 3FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 7'4" wingspan, 7.6% body fat

18th pick: Elfrid Payton - PG, 6-4, 185lbs, UL-Lafayette, Junior, 20 years old

2013-14 stats: 19.3 ppg, 5.8 apg, 2.3 spg, 50.0 FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 6'8" wingspan, 5.7% body fat, 35.5-inch max vertical leap

27th pick: K.J. McDaniels - SF, 6-6, 196 lbs, Clemson, Junior, 21 years old

2013-14 stats: 17.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.8 bpg, 45.9 FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 6' 11.25" wingspan, 4.5% body fat, 37-inch max vertical leap

50th pick: Isaiah Austin :(

Tim Keeney - BleacherReport.com

14th pick: Zach LaVine - PG, 6-6, 181lbs, UCLA, Freshman, 19 years old

2013-14 stats: 9.4ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.8 apg, 44.1 FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 6'8.25" wingspan, 4.7% body fat, 41.5-inch max vertical

18th pick: James Young - G/F, 6-7, 213lbs, Kentucky, Freshman, 18 years old

2013-14 stats: 14.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 40.7 3FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 7'0" wingspan, 5.1% body fat, 35.5-inch max vertical

27th pick: Kyle Anderson - G, 6-9, 230lbs, UCLA, , Sophomore, 20 years old

2013-14 stats: 14.6 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 6.5 apg, 1.8 spg, 48.3 FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 7'2.75" wingspan, 13.4% body fat

50th pick: Josh Huestis - SF, 6-7, 213lbs, Stanford, Senior, 22 years old

2013-14 stats: 11.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.9 bpg, 45.1 FG%

Pre-Draft Measurements: 7'1" wingspan, 38.5-inch max vertical


DraftExpress.com

14th pick: Jusuf Nurkic - C, 6-11, 280lbs, Bosnia, 19 years old

2013-14 stats: 11.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 0.8 bpg, 54.5 FG%

Pre-Draft Measurements: 7'2" wingspan, 23-inch max vertical

18th pick: James Young - G/F, 6-7, 213lbs, Kentucky, Freshman, 18 years old

2013-14 stats: 14.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 40.7 3FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 7'0" wingspan, 5.1% body fat, 35.5-inch max vertical

27th pick: Jerami Grant - SF/PF, 6-8, 214lbs, Syracuse, Sophomore, 20 years old

2013-14 stats: 12.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 0.6 bpg, 49.6 FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 7'3" wingspan, 3.8% body fat

50th pick: Dwight Powell - PF, 6-11, 234lbs, Stanford, Senior, 22 years old

2013-14 stats: 14 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 3.1 apg, 46.2 FG% 25.6 3FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 7'.05" wingspan, 6.2% body fat, 35-inch max vertical

Scott Howard-Cooper - NBA.com

14th pick: Gary Harris - SG, 6'4" 205lbs, Michigan State, Sophomore, 19 years old

2013-14 stats: 16.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.8 spg, 35.2 3FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 6'7" wingspan, 4.6% body fat

18th pick: Clint Capela - PF, 6-11, 222lbs, Switzerland, 20 years old

2013-14 stats: 9.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.5 bpg, 63.2 FG%

27th pick: Jerami Grant - SF/PF, 6-8, 214lbs, Syracuse, Sophomore, 20 years old

2013-14 stats: 12.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 0.6 bpg, 49.6 FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 7'3" wingspan, 3.8% body fat

50th pick: Cameron Bairstow - PF/C, 6-10, 252 lbs, New Mexico, Senior, 23 years old

2013-14 stats: 20.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.5 bpg, 55.6 FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 7' 0.75" wingspan, 8.7% body fat, 33.5-inch max vertical

Kris Habbas - NBADraftInsider.com

14th pick: Adreian Payne - F, 6-9, 239lbs, Michigan State, Senior, 23 years old

2013-14 stats: 16.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 42.3 3FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 7'4" wingspan, 7.6% body fat

18th pick: T.J. Warren - SF, 6-8, 220lbs, NC State, Sophomore, 20 years old

2013-14 stats: 24.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.8 spg, 52.5 FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 6'10.25" wingspan, 8.0% body fat, 35.5-inch vertical leap

27th pick: Jusuf Nurkic - C, 6-11, 280lbs, Bosnia, 19 years old

2013-14 stats: 11.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 0.8 bpg, 54.5 FG%

Pre-Draft Measurements: 7'2" wingspan, 23-inch max vertical

50th pick: Damien Inglis - SF, 6-8, 240lbs, French Guyana, 19 years old

2013-14 stats: 4.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 49.5 FG%

Pre-Draft Measurements: 7'3" wingspan

Most Common Picks

14th pick: Adreian Payne (2)

18th pick: Tie - James Young, Zach LaVine (2)

27th pick: Tie - Jerami Grant, Kyle Anderson, Clint Capela (2)

50th pick: Tie - Damien Inglis, Cameron Bairstow, Dwight Powell, Josh Huestis, James McAdoo (1)

Overall: Tie - Zach LaVine, James Young, Clint Capela (3)


Summary

Nik Stauskas seems to have worked his way into the top 13 of everyone's mock drafts since the last round-up as he didn't appear once in the 14 slot after doing so twice last time.  James Young has seen his stock slip a bit, showing up twice at 18 instead of 14 previously, while Zach LaVine holds steady.  And after seeing his value climb in recent weeks, Clint Capela has been joined at the tail end of the first round by Jerami Grant and Kyle Anderson.  I'm sure all of this movement is based on unfounded rumors and misdirection forthright assessments and objective workout results.

While we all have our calcified prejudices pet ideas of who the Suns should draft, I don't think any of us would be disappointed with a projected haul of LaVine, Young and Capela if they ended up being the best players available at 14, 18 and 27.  Missing out on Adreian Payne could leave the Suns with a Channing Frye-sized hole at power forward depending on how Frye's free agency plays out.  What Ryan McDonough does with the 50th pick is anyone's guess anyone's guess, but I think Phoenix should swing for the fences with an international project like Damien Inglis if he's still there.

All of these mocks assume everyone picks at their designate slot.  If you like the free-for-all of a trade-happy mock draft, then please, please, please visit the Bright Side of the Sun Community Mock Draft in which 2/3 of all active NBA players changed hands and Minnesota struck draft gold with Julius Randle falling to the 9th pick and Tyler Ennis sliding all the way to 22.  Seriously, it's a fun and completely bonkers read and probably just as likely to happen in that order as it is Chad Ford's.  If you want a more "realistic" mock draft that includes trades, look no further than the 2014 SBNation Mock Draft which is also a fun, if slightly less bonkers, read.

And feel free to share your mock draft thoughts in the comments below.  We're all experts here on the internet!

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